Q. Why is the City of Philadelphia committed to PHS's Philadelphia LandCare program?
The Philadelphia LandCare Program has had a tremendous impact on the appearance of neighborhoods throughout the city, replacing weeds and debris with thousands of park-like sites. It is extremely popular with residents and elected officials alike. Because of thoughtful management and utilization of economies of scale, the square foot cost of the program has not increased over 10 years. About 850 “Clean and Green” properties have been redeveloped into new homes and businesses. Nearby properties have also increased in value significantly. Recent research has determined that every dollar spent on “cleaning and greening” generates an additional $224 in housing wealth, a cash-on-cash return on investment of a whopping 22,000 percent.